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Qatar Airways profits $540 million, braces for Gulf crisis

Qatar Airways profits $540 million, braces for Gulf crisis

"To isolate a country's population in every respect is inhumane", the Turkish leader told his ruling Justice and Development Party in a weekly Parliamentary address in Ankara on Tuesday.

A senior counter-terrorism adviser to Qatar's foreign minister has hit out at the diplomatic squeeze on Doha by several Gulf states, calling it a "policy of domination and control".

The envoys of Qatar and Gulf states were attending the meeting.

Qatar is under blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain who cut all economic, diplomatic and transport ties last week over Qatar's alleged support for extremist groups.

Last week, Erdogan has ratified two deals allowing Turkish troops deploying to Qatar and training its gendarmerie, stressing that Turkey "will continue and develop" ties with Qatar. "Victimizing Qatar through smear campaigns serves no objective", Erdogan said, urging the Saudi king, as an elder politician in the region, to take the lead in untangling the crisis.

Making life more uncomfortable for Qatar is Donald Trump's open support for the other side.

Describing the occasional anti-Iran remarks by Saudi officials as a proof of their lack of knowledge about Iran and the region, Velayati said the kingdom is incapable of even ensuring its own security, let alone pose a threat to Iran.

Qatar has denied any links to terrorism or terrorist groups but their documented ties to the Iranian Regime, the leading state sponsor of terror and terrorist groups, speak for themselves.

Before arrival, PM Nawaz was briefed about the ongoing situation by the ambassadors in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.

Professor in global relations Abdul Latif al-Salemi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the severing of ties is not much different than the U.S. administration's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.

Qatar, which imported 80 per cent of its food from bigger Gulf Arab neighbours before the diplomatic shutdown, has also been talking to Iran and Turkey to secure food and water.

A Qatari businessman is to airlift 4,000 to the Gulf state amid a blockade by rival Sunni countries.

The company will, however, take a hit with shipping costs from Australia and the U.S. now increased more than five times to $8 million.


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